Posted by on Oct 31, 2012 in Posts | 11 comments

By following these steps, the CD ROM of your windows machine will not be accessible any more (actually not visible). The reasons you may need to disable/enable the CD ROM vary according to your needs (i.e. you don’t want to allow the users of your company to install or run applications via CD/DVD-ROM).

Below you will find the steps you have to follow in order to Disable or Enable the CD/DVD-ROM. You may follow one of the two methods described below:

1 Go to Start > All Programs > Accessories, then right click on Command Prompt and select “Run as administrator” 1

2 In the Command Prompt write the following command and press enter: To Enable CD/DVD-Rom:

reg add HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\cdrom /t REG_DWORD /v "Start" /d 1 /f

To Disable CD/DVD-Rom:

reg add HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\cdrom /t REG_DWORD /v "Start" /d 4 /f

2

3 Restart your PC and check if the CD/DVD-ROM is enabled/disabled accordingly.

1 Click Start, and then click Run.

3

2 In the Open box, type regedit, and then click OK.

4

3 Locate, and then click the following registry key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\cdrom 5

4 In the right pane, double-click Start. Then change the Value data box to 1 in order to enable the CD/DVD-ROM or to 4 to disable. Also make sure that the Hexadecimal checkbox is selected. Finally click OK.

6

5 Restart your PC and check if the CD/DVD-ROM is enabled/disabled accordingly.